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Rick Glos
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Rick Glos asked on 04 Jun 2010, 05:27 PM
I'm thinking of a hybrid control that would allow the user to select a year, a month in a year a date, or collection of dates.

My scenario is that we have an application that sits on top of an Analysis Services Cube.  In that cube we have a date dimension and you can use that dimension to slice data by year or month or date or set of dates.

My current implementation involves a TreeView - where the user selects year or month and then uses the calendar to select a date (screenshot).  This allows then to select the Year by selecting that TreeNode, the month, or a specific date in the month.

However, I don't really love this implementation.  I like the contextual representation and ease of mouse gesture movement in the RadCalendar control.  Particularly, drilling up and down to through the views (Decade View, Year View).  I have this nagging feeling that I could customize the control in some way so that I could get it to work for my uses instead.  For example in the Year View, instead of clicking the month drilling down to the Month View - change it so clicking the Month selects the month instead - and instead change the drilldown to be attached to a linkbutton on the month text abbreviation (screenshot).

Would something like that be possible?

If so, I'm not sure how to go about doing that.  I tried loading up Expression Blend 3 and dragging the RadControl into it, thinking it's got to be somewhere in the template/style area that I do this but I get an error 'Cannot locate resource 'themes/genericvista.xaml'' (screenshot).  Admittedly by Blend experience is terrible but I'd like to work on that.

Am I on the right track?

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Kaloyan
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answered on 09 Jun 2010, 02:01 PM
Hello Rick Glos,

What I can say is that there is no right track with the current implementation of the control. The good news is that we will definitely invest some efforts concerning the improvement of the control in that direction. As a result the user will be able to select a day, month or year depending of the selection mode for example.

All the best,
Kaloyan
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